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Editorial: Should Catholics Even Bother with Politics? Comments

The men and women I met this evening confirmed my decision to recommit myself to helping lay Catholic men and women come to understand the treasury of the teaching of the Catholic Church on faithful citizenship and social responsibility, which includes political participation.Then, to do everything I can to encourage morally coherent people run for public office and help to get them elected.  Continue Reading

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  1. Bill Sr.
    2 years ago

    What kind of thinking is it that Joe Biden uses to believe in good conscience it is alright for government to take guns away from citizens used for their personal protection but perfectly fine for (his) government to have the same citizens pay to put forceps in the hands of an abortionist to destroy a life his conscience admits helplessly exists. If that is not enough to prove he is unworthy of his office and/or his faith what will?

  2. judy claar
    2 years ago

    Deacon Keith, Enlightening article. And, a good idea. I couldn't help but have a little voice in my head say, "Very good intentions. I wonder if it will be that same crowd of Catholics who go to Mass every Sunday, and the same ones that are always involved in the list of activities listed in the Sunday bulletin"?

    I sincerely hope not. Fr. James Farfaglia, also had interesting inputs. Most I agreed with. I am hesitant about Catholic-Amish societies. The USA is a melting pot of cultures. We have to live and work and go to school together. Home, is only a short while these days: Parents working, kids in pre-school, school, Active participation of parents w/school, sports or science clubs, and then there are only the few precious moments in the evening w/mom and/or dad, as are the week-ends. Even w/this though, there Is time for Church and Family and CCD. Today's world is different. I couldn't help but be reminded, per Fr.'s post, of the Irish, Italian, etc. Catholic communities and neighborhoods. It is getting hard to find neighborhoods w/o gangs in CA. One may not see them, or be ignorant of their presence, but they are there as much as the sexual offender. Truth is Truth. So after this True negativism what are we to do?

    We are the Church Militant. We will try Anything! And Everything that is Good. Perhaps a conglomeration of Deacon Keith's ideas and Fr. James' ideas. But they cannot do it alone. Nor slowly. The Church must be behind them. Both lay and clergy. We also must stop our youth from going to different churches. This has been going on since the 60s. Which also feeds slowly into Secularism in my opinion, because they need not go to a priest for their sins...just have a relationship w/God and confess to Him. That way, the sin appears not so bad, and it is easier to begin failing. Falling, perhaps slowly into Secularism? Not to mention Holy Mass!!! Our Church has so much on its plate. As does our country.

    Yes! We need to be active wholly. In politics, for country. In Church, for morality and soulfulness. How can one separate the two? You can"t. But yet you can. Blessings...

  3. defendlife1
    2 years ago

    Outstanding article. I know practicing Catholics who belong to the Legion of Mary, Emmaus and other organizations who do not vote because "they do not get involved in politics."

  4. vance
    2 years ago

    Fr Farfaglia, You say that Catholics have been de-Christianized and don't know what it is to be Catholic. Whose fault is that?? This didn't happen in a vacuum. Yes, the Rock-n-Roll and movie industry had much to do about it. But where was and is the Leadership?? The Catholic leadership are the Bishops and priests aren't they?? Catholics aren't going to be Catholic out of thin air. 52% Catholics voting for one of the most egregious anti-Christian that ever shadowed politics is unconscionable.

  5. Rob
    2 years ago

    Well said Father! The answer will always be a lived faith. We have the power to do that at the local levels and at the most basic level, our homes. Our national politicians will be a product of the greater society. It's pretty simple actually.

    You are spot on about catholics by and large not being christian. No active decision to be a encounter with christianity....not possible. I don't care what religious system you ascribe to.

    Seriously time to get back to basics.

  6. Emma
    2 years ago

    We may choose to enter an arena of power, but when we do so we dare not leave love behind. "Power without love is reckless and abusive. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. " (MLK) The trouble is that politics draws lines between people. In contrast, Jesus ' love reaches across those lines and dispenses grace. That doesn't mean that we should not involve ourselves in politics. It does mean however that as we do so, we must be sure that we don't let the rules of politics displace the command to love. This area requires a person very grounded in their faith and thoroughly imbued with the Holy Spirit. Tho everyone (including me) wants to be heard, it's much too easy for the weak to be caught in the power struggle within the system. Many enter politics with the purest intent only to be corrupted by the system.

  7. John Mainhart
    2 years ago

    I still belive that if we want to change the morals of our systems we must change ourselves one soul at a time first. We need souls of courage who are willing to give everything they have including their freedom and their lives if necessary to defend those values we believe in. God give us the grace needed to do that. Make our first christians proud of us.

  8. abey
    2 years ago

    Archbishop Chaput is one of the few who speaks straight & is sincere to the Christian Faith. Keeping Politics aside, the Church needs more people like him.

  9. Chris
    2 years ago

    DO lay deliberate calls for change before your fellow Catholics and the world, both of whom need zeal. Our belief and our courage is our strength.

    DON'T write anyone off as beyond reaching with your reason and your love. Redemption is like an avalanche; it changes everything in its path irrevocably but begins with a series of almost imperceptible actions working in unison to change the landscape before it.

    The Grace of God be with you.

  10. Stephen
    2 years ago

    Catholics have been involved in the governance of this nation since before it was a nation, continuing to date. Unfortunately most of those involved were pseudo-Catholics, knowing or caring very little about the morals and ethics required of Catholics in public life by the teachings of the Church. Now we have the phenomenon of the "cultural Catholic", e.g., Sotomayer and Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Pelosi, Biden, Kerry, the Cuomos, the Kennedys, etc in Congress, These people are Catholic in name only and not only do not follow the teachings of the Church, but actively work against them. They are apostates to the Faith. So...yes...Bishop Chaput, it would be nice to see some Catholics involved in the government of this nation who actually believed and supported our Faith and moral stances....for a change. Men like Santorum and Ryan are all too rare. And then we scratch our heads and ask why the rest of the nation does not take the Church seriously when a bishop or priest speaks strongly about an issue such as abortion or same sex marriage. We have only ourselves to blame.

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